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Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 115

2014 called -

Forget Makerbot - did you warn them about the Paris attacks? The Ankara bombings? The Metrojet bombing? Did you tell them to have Robin Williams visit a psychiatrist? Did you tell them to have Carrie Fisher visit a cardiologist? Did you have them warn Ukraine not to underestimate Russia in Donbass? Did you tell Germanwings to up their game on psych evals? Did you tell them to teach Podesta basic email security? Did you tell about Brexit? Did you warn them about Trump? Did you have anyone tell Clinton that she'll be best known for email servers and a conspiracy theory about a pizza parlor's occult child pornography dungeon? Did you warn Bowling Green about the horrific terror attack, and the cruel irony that people will forget about it?

Comment Re: Nope (Score 2) 115

Is it really that expensive? I know some people who had run a small startup automaker that raised 30-something million. They were about 3 months out from first commercial deliveries (having made a couple dozen prototypes to various degrees, ranging from empty shells to full builds), with about $10m still left in the bank - when the board decided to bring on a guy from Detroit (Paul Wilbur, the guy responsible for the Chevy SSR, and a bunch of other train-wrecks-in-car-form), who then proceeded to run the company into the ground.

Are aircraft that much more expensive than cars, that you can't even build a demonstrator for that kind of money? To be fair, the automaker's vehicle was technically classified as a motorcycle, so their regulations weren't as onerous as for most cars (but they still did full crash and crush tests anyway, voluntarily). But, I mean, they just churned out prototypes one after the next.

Comment Re:An increase in potential (Score 2) 240

The great news there for us technical folk is that if 20 programmers are working today, you can be sure they will need 40 in a few years to clean up the mess the 20 left.

Maybe, maybe not. High Frequency Trading is losing its luster and might be on the way out.

http://www.investopedia.com/news/high-frequency-trading-flash-boys-losing-steam/

Comment Re:Automation can be more productive (Score 1) 240

They don't get sick, take vacations, go on maternity leave, strike, ask for raises, or need benefits.

Robots required maintenance. If a robot goes out spec by the tiniest fraction that prevents it from functioning normally, someone is going to fix it. Robots fixing robots is quite a ways off in the future.

Comment Re:More Than They Predict (Score 1) 240

The US pays wages that limit our ability to compete in world trade.

Not quite. China is becoming too expensive to manufacture because laborers there want higher wages for a middle-class lifestyle. Manufacturing is coming back to the US but the new factories are highly automated. When John Deere opened a new factory, they had 10,000+ applications for 800 jobs.

The non working will simply not quietly starve to death or live in want.

Or join the underground economy by doing odd jobs for cash. I had an uncle who ran a landscaping business for cash under the table, his family drew welfare benefits and never filed taxes in 30 years. Just because the jobs don't officially exist doesn't mean people won't find a way to survive through the hard times.

Comment Re:You have that backwards (Score 1) 240

Automation was supposed to be the end of that kind of thing but it just led to higher end jobs.

I'm reading "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley" by Antonio Garcia Martinez, where he saw a trading desk at Goldman Sach went from 20 traders and two programmers to two traders and 20 programmers. That's when he bailed out on Wall Street to go to Silicon Valley to get into ad clicks.

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 2) 221

Except a huge chunk of consumers simply throw the printer in the garbage and buy a new one creating a truly INSANE amount of e-waste, which is why this business model needs to be destroyed.

I used to live in a large apartment complex and every month when the time for putting out electronics came around? There would be a fricking mountain of cheap printers piled up every single month. The reason why is obvious, the printer costs $30 new and the ink costs $50 so why buy new ink carts when you can just get another printer? If your city has an ewaste center you should go there and see the gigantic mounds of printers, just mountains of practically new printers everywhere.

If you care about the environment? Its not solder you need to be bitching to your legislators about, its business models that encourage massive amounts of waste like this fucked up shit.

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